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How Hormel Foods can benefit from Justin's

Hormel Foods is continuing to bolster its presence in the on-trend natural and better-for-you categories with its latest acquisition of nut-...

Tackling infant formula fraud in China

A fresh scandal has brought the sale of fraudulent infant formula in China to the fore once again in recent weeks. Mark Godfrey examines wha...

Why trust is key in US natural food sector 

Demand for foods billed as "natural" is growing in the US but without a clear definition of exactly what that means, can consumers trust the...

UK ad review credibility test for self-regulation

The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice has launched a public consultation on new self-regulatory rules governing the advertising of food...


How companies' responsibilities for supply chain workers are widening 11 May 2016

Ben Cooper

Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign reflects the increased responsibility global food companies are now expected to assume for working conditions, wages, safety and workers’ rights in their agricultural supply chains. Ben Cooper reports.


How Oxfam rates food majors on worker issues in their supply chains - and how the companies reacted 11 May 2016

Ben Cooper

Three of the seven issues on which Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign rates the world’s ten largest food and drinks companies relate directly to wages, workers’ rights and working conditions in their agricultural supply chains. Here, just-food sets out the NGO's evaluations under the three criteria - women, farmers and workers - along with the companies’ reactions.


Antibiotics in investor spotlight, Starbucks enters South Africa, Burger King confident on India - foodservice focus, April 2016 10 May 2016

Dean Best

The use of antibiotics in the foodservice supply chain remained in the spotlight in April, with investors in the UK calling on operators to take action. In the US, the FDA released its final guidance on menu labelling. And in emerging markets, Starbucks entered South Africa, BurgerFi announced a deal in the Middle East and Burger King signalled plans for further expansion in India.


Where in central Europe could Orkla look next for M&A? - analysis 9 May 2016

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden

After a series of disposals in central Europe over the last nine years, Orkla has recently snapped up a food maker in the Czech Republic. just-food M&A columnist Stefan Kirk looks at where in the region the Nordic food group could look next.


Wal-Mart and US online grocery, Casino quits Vietnam, Holland & Barrett in India - retail round-up, April 2016 6 May 2016

Dean Best

April saw Wal-Mart continue the expansion of its click-and-collect service in the US, while Kroger invested in a local retailer focused on natural and organic categories. Outside the US, there was notable news in emerging markets, with France's Casino exiting Vietnam and UK-based health-centric retailer Holland & Barrett embarking on its entry into India.


How Hain Celestial is refocusing amid growing competition - analysis 5 May 2016

Hannah Abdulla

Despite Hain Celestial lowering the top end of its forecasts for annual net sales and earnings yesterday (4 May), the US group earned praise from Wall Street for the steps it is taking to cut costs and zero-in on health and wellness trends in the US. On an investor call, Hain Celestial's management team talked at length about what it is taking to position itself for future growth. Hannah Abdulla reports.


How Nestle stands to benefit from its ice cream JV with R&R 5 May 2016

Katy Askew

Nestle and R&R Ice Cream have finalised plans to combine their ice cream businesses. The new joint venture brings a number of benefits and is likely to see an increased focus behind Nestle's ice cream brands. Katy Askew reports.


How are brands organising for e-commerce? 4 May 2016

Keith Anderson, Profitero

The digital sphere is becoming significant for consumers - but are manufactures keeping pace? Are they developing specific strategies for the channel? Keith Anderson, vice president of strategy and insights at Profitero, discusses the e-commerce consultancy's survey into how companies are acting.


Why supermarket foodservice is becoming strategically important to grocers 4 May 2016

David Henkes, Technomic

David Henkes, advisory group senior principal at US foodservice consultants Technomic, outlines why more US supermarkets are putting greater emphasis on prepared foods, with some providing in-store eating and becoming grocerants in turn.


Hershey Q1 results, outlook and latest M&A - the top takeaways 27 Apr 2016

Hannah Abdulla

Hershey's first-quarter results contained a triple whammy yesterday (26 April) as the confectioner reported falling sales and earnings, cuts to forecasts for 2016 and upped its cost savings targets from 2017. The company's results were hit by continued pressure in China and challenges in North America. Hershey, however, announced the acquisition of snacks brand BarkThins and, on a conference call with investors, the Reese's owner appeared confident it was taking the right steps to improve its performance.


Sugar reduction and clean label - the possible collision on the horizon 26 Apr 2016

Ben Cooper

Manufacturers are facing mounting pressure to reduce the level of sugar in processed foods but could that challenge be made even harder by increasing consumer demand for "clean labels"? Ben Cooper investigates.


How ambitious are Mars' health and wellbeing plans? 20 Apr 2016

Ben Cooper

Last week, Mars launched a broad-ranging strategy aimed at helping to improve diets, including plans to reformulate products and classify them for either "everyday" or "occasional" consumption. Ben Cooper assesses the strategy and reaction to it in key markets.


How Danone is winning "key battles" en route to 2020 aims 19 Apr 2016

Katy Askew

Danone insisted this morning (19 April) it is winning "key battles" in its bid to raise its sales and earnings trajectories by 2020. The French food maker flagged higher sales from its US dairy business in the first quarter of this year and predicted ongoing improvements from its European dairy operations. Danone also insisted the fundamentals of its Chinese infant nutrition business are solid despite recent challenges. Katy Askew reports.


Unilever's Q1 sales - the top takeaways 14 Apr 2016

Hannah Abdulla

Weak consumer sentiment in some emerging economies and growing demand for value from consumers in developed markets weighed heavy on Unilever's list of first-quarter woes, alongside ongoing challenges in its spreads division. But on an investor call to discuss its sales for the opening months of 2016, the Flora owner highlighted innovation centred around the growing interest in health and wellness and a string of cost-saving initiatives as measures to drive its performance this year.


Nestle Q1 sales - what the analysts say 14 Apr 2016

Dean Best

Nestle's shares rose today (14 April) after the world's largest food company reported underlying first-quarter sales that beat analyst expectations. just-food presents a round-up of how those covering Nestle's stock viewed its performance in the opening three months of 2016 and its prospects for the rest of the year.


What next for Premier Foods? - analysis 14 Apr 2016

Dean Best

Three weeks after Premier Foods revealed McCormick & Co.'s interest in buying the UK group, its US suitor has, after seeing three proposed offers turned down, decided to walk away from the table. Premier insists it has a "strong future" as an independent company. Dean Best reflects on a tumultuous 21 days and considers what lies ahead for the Mr Kipling maker.


How can confectioners in France and Germany win over millennials? 14 Apr 2016

Christophe Knoke, IRI

Confectionery is a mature, slow-growth category in much of western Europe but manufacturers could eke out opportunities for expansion by harnessing the rise of the millennial consumer. Christophe Knoke, senior director at IRI Germany, investigates.


The Premier Foods takeover saga - rolling updates and analysis 14 Apr 2016

Dean Best

Here just-food presents rolling coverage and analysis of the takeover interest in Premier Foods from McCormick & Co. Premier rebuffed three proposals from the US spices and seasonings group, while Japan's Nissin Foods Holdings, which outlined a "co-operation agreement" with the UK group in areas such as innovation and distribution, built a stake in the Mr Kipling maker. McCormick has decided against pursuing its interest in the UK group.


Cranswick swoops for another UK poultry business - analysis 13 Apr 2016

Dean Best

Cranswick, the UK meat processor, has its origins in pigs but this week the company struck its second deal in the country's poultry sector in 18 months. The new asset, Crown Chicken, does not yet supply the UK's major supermarket chains but the market reacted positively to the deal. Dean Best reports.


Taco Bell moves on breakfast in US, McDonald's Asia push, Carl's Jr returns to Japan - foodservice focus, March 2016 11 Apr 2016

Dean Best

Taco Bell's bid to bring value to breakfast in the US, the potential roll-out of McDonald's all-day breakfast to other markets and the return of Carl's Jr to Japan grabbed the foodservice sector headlines in March.


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